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Commnet Broadband Expands High-Speed Broadband in Rural Southwest with Acquisition of Sacred Wind Enterprises

Commnet Broadband (“Commnet”), a regional owner and operator of bandwidth infrastructure serving the rural Southwest and wholly owned subsidiary of ATN International, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNI), will acquire Sacred Wind Enterprises, a privately owned rural telecommunications provider in New…

What is the FCC Affordable Connectivity Program?

Today’s internet is not just a source of near-endless entertainment…

Navajo Higher Education and Internet Providers Launch Non-profit Alliance

A nonprofit, the Alliance for Navajo Broadband, has been created…

How to Prepare for (and Ace!) Your Next Virtual Job Interview

Virtual interviewing is becoming more and more common in today’s…

Where to Find Deals on Cyber Monday

The 2021 holiday shopping season is just around the corner—and with global supply chain shortages and delays, online shopping will be more competitive than ever. And the competition for the best 4K TVs, smartphones, tablets, laptops and smart home devices will be red hot. So when is the best time to find the biggest discounts and sales on the year’s must-have tech—and well…

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Sacred Wind Communications bridges the digital divide for the Navajo Nation

Eighty-five percent of Sacred Wind Communications customers are Navajo. As the only privately owned telco solely focused on bridging the digital divide for rural tribal communities, Sacred Wind relies on a Juniper network to bring blazing-fast broadband to the rugged and remote territory of New Mexico. Broadband changes lives in the rural communities of New Mexico “Sacred Wind’s mission is to provide equality…

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Finding Reliable Health Information Online

When you have questions about health and medicine, where do you turn? Of course, your first line of defense should be a medical professional, such as a doctor, nurse, or specialist. But at a time when the medical field is severely overburdened and health services aren’t always affordable or accessible, we have to rely on the resources that are available to us—and that…

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Kids, Anxiety, and the Pandemic

The teenage years present a difficult stage of life for every generation. But throw in the disruption and fear sparked by a pandemic, and today’s teenagers are navigating challenges far beyond those typically faced within school hallways. The added strain on their mental health shows: the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed that mental health-related visits to the ER have risen 31% for…

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Is Remote Work Here to Stay?

“Is remote work here to stay?” It’s the question on everyone’s lips this year as COVID restrictions slowly loosen.   ‘The New Normal’ The past year and a half have been an exercise in patience, adaptability, and endurance. In early 2020, employers and employees simultaneously pivoted to remote work, leaving office towers strangely deserted. Crowded rows of cubicles turned into a thing of…

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Rural Broadband Challenges and Hope for the Future

The nation’s broadband infrastructure is spotty, especially in rural states like New Mexico, but the pandemic might be the crisis to change that forever. THOREAU—Even when clouds blanket the expansive skies of western New Mexico, the red sandstone of Owl Springs Mesa behind Sadie Perry’s home stands out. Every morning before she wakes the kids, Perry steps outside for a moment of quiet…

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What’s the Deal with Authorized Account Access?: Understanding CPNI

Have you ever tried to call for information concerning your phone service, only to be rebuffed by a customer service rep because you weren’t authorized on the account? It can be a frustrating roadblock, but it’s actually one that exists to protect you and your data. Read on to learn more about Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) and how federal law benefits you.…

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Avoiding Unlawful Robocalls

For the most part, robocalls are an annoyance. They may be irritating and disruptive, but when all is said and done, they are relatively harmless… right? Well, not always. Robocallers are often after private data or financial information you don’t want falling into the wrong hands. Read on for some simple tips to help you steer clear of scammers, avoid robocalls, and protect…

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Free Alternatives to Streaming Movies

Have you spent the past year working through every title on Netflix? If you’re bored with your current streaming service, it might be time to switch things up. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of free alternative streaming services for all your entertainment needs. The best part of these services is that you don’t need to pay to access them. That’s right, they’re…

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Sacred Wind’s Broadband Held Strong During Recent Area Outages

Internet Redundancy Key to Access to Internet, Emergency Services During the recent CenturyLink Friday the 13th outage that left many without internet or phone service, Sacred Wind Communications and its affiliates’ high-speed internet and emergency 911 customers remained unaffected, due to the company’s investment in its own redundant fiber and network design. “The recent outage wasn’t due to Friday the 13th superstition, but…

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VoIP vs. Landline: What’s the Difference?

If you’ve never used VoIP before, you may be wondering what it is and how it differs from a traditional landline phone. We hope this article answers your questions and helps you make an educated decision for your telephone needs! (Currently, we offer VoIP only to business customers.) Defining VoIP and POTS VoIP stands for “voice over internet protocol” (or voice over IP).…

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Keeping Your Computer Microphone and Camera Secure

Do you know what’s in your pocket? Or in your office, or on your bedside table? Connectivity is amazing… but it also has the potential to facilitate unwanted monitoring if you’re not careful. Unfortunately, cybercrime is on the rise, and it’s not just limited to mega-corporations. It can happen to almost anyone, using a variety of methods. Understanding Cybersecurity Risks Believe it or…

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What Is the Difference Between Bandwidth and Latency?

Most of us understand the basics of the internet – just enough to log onto Wi-Fi and maybe turn the router on and off when it starts to malfunction. However, are you familiar with the terms ‘bandwidth’ and ‘latency’? If you’re not, that’s okay – you’re not alone! Both terms are related to your internet’s ability to send and receive data, but despite…

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Spotting Fraudulent Emails and Online Scams

Would you be able to recognize an online scam if you saw one? Most of us would like to think that we could identify a fraudster in our inbox, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. The truth is that scammers are getting smarter. Every time a scam is exposed, a new, more sophisticated one comes along, which means that web users have…

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Digital Skills for Any Age

Need to improve your computer skills? Let us help. Sacred Wind is please to partner with Microsoft to offer digital skills training for all ages. Click here to register

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Is Starlink Right for Rural Communities

Starlink, a new satellite internet operation, is Elon Musk’s highly-anticipated next venture. It’s hard to overstate the impact Musk’s creations have had—and continue to have—on our world. This is, after all, the revolutionary mind behind some of this century’s most unique, innovative, and sometimes controversial projects., Tesla Inc., and SpaceX are just a few of Musk’s brainchildren, and the latter was founded…

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Best Cloud Storage Solutions for Your Vacation Memories

Vacations are about togetherness. Only this year, things are a little different. But even though we might not be spending time with our loved ones in person, that’s no reason to lose the spirit of the holiday or vacation sharing. Memories are never far away with the amazing online technology available at our fingertips, and it’s easier than ever to share these memories…

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Online Learning Resources for the Summer Break

Summer learning loss is a real thing, and it’s actually a big problem for students returning to classrooms in the fall. Believe it or not, the concept of summer learning loss has been puzzling education researchers for over 100 years – studies on the subject date back as far as 1906!  Learning is a lifelong process. Yes, even during the summer break! Although…

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SCEYE Reaches Stratosphere; Flies at 64,000 Feet

Sets Long Range Record In Data Connection Joins Consortium To Deliver Broadband To Navajo Nation Sceye, a developer of high-altitude platform stations (HAPS), announced today that it successfully launched its stratospheric platforms and flew at an altitude of 64,600 ft. The announcement comes on the heels of Sceye’s long-range record for maintaining data connection in OpenRAN at a distance of 140km. With financial…

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John Badal Appears on The Broadband Bunch Podcast

Another great and inspiring episode featuring the founder and CEO of Sacred Wind Communications John Badal. For the the past 15 years, John and his dedicated team have worked tirelessly to end the digital divide by bringing broadband to rural tribal communities in New Mexico. In fact, in the last two years, John and his team have dramatically increased broadband speeds and supplied…

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